How to Find the Best Swimsuit for Your Body Type

The process can be a little daunting when it comes to finding the perfect swimsuit for you. So, we enlisted Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, to help! Read below for her quick tips on finding the right swimsuit for your shape.

“Let’s face it – while the prospect of warmer days or a sunny vacay is always exciting, so many of us dread heading to the fitting room with an armful of bathing suits to try on. The trick to making your shopping experience a good one is to remember a few helpful tips!”

1) Be confident.
“Shopping for a swimsuit should be a fun, exciting, shopping experience. Shop for swim when you are feeling good, and remember, your swimsuit is an expression of who you are. You should feel confident in the style, size and print you choose!”

2) Shop your right size.
“This is important in everything you buy, but for swim, it is even more so since there is no covering it up. You will always look better, slimmer and more confident in the right size, even if it’s a size larger than you want to be wearing. BTW – size is just a number! Forget about what that little tag says, and choose the size suit you feel best in.”

3) Shop your best style.
“Not every style works best for every body type. Know your body and learn what makes you look and feel your best. Is it a teeny bikini bottom or hi rise? Is it a padded top or underwire? Try them all and be honest with yourself when it comes to knowing what works best on your body type.

Keeping these tips in mind, it’s time to take your body shape into account.

Let’s be clear – every BODY is beautiful, no matter what shape or size it comes in. Celebrate your unique shape by choosing a suit that shows off your favorite assets, and flatters your less favorite ones. Then it’s time to have some fun with print and color, to reflect your personality and the real you!”

Ready? Let’s do this! Find your body type below to hear Jenny’s fit recommendations for you.

Flat like a surfboard

Top to bottom, straight and narrow

Find the Best Swim for Your Body Type

“If you have an athletic build (straight and narrow, up and down), there are many styles you can wear and look great.  If it fits your personal style, get adventurous with trendy pieces that look great on your build and emphasize curves for balance.

I love crop bikini tops and hi-rise bikini bottoms, especially in a fun mix and match combo. The top shows off great shoulders and a strong back, plus the bottom gives you a curvy, retro inspired look.”

Curves & waves 

Curvy in all the right places

Shop Swim for Your Body Type

“Own your curves and show ’em off! Adjustable styles that provide a little extra wiggle room are your friend.

A triangle bikini top and a side tie bikini bottom is a classic combo. These have a lot of adjustability, so tie as loose or tight as you need, and move the triangles to fit you perfectly. A matching print, like this cute bandana pattern, is a great way to keep your curves balanced without drawing too much attention to top or bottom.”

Treasure chesty

You’ve got some girls, girl!

Shop Swim for Your Body Type

“Creating a little balance with your look can help even out your top. The first tip is to try a solid color on top and a fun print on bottom. This draws the eye down, and balances out your chest area.

Choose a style with underwire support to give the girls a little boost. I also like a top that provides fuller coverage, like the Daisy Bandeau Bikini Top. Bonus – the Daisy is lightly lined, which provides coverage without too much extra padding!

As for the bottom, go with a classic bikini or a mid rise bikini bottom in a really fun print.”

Hula hips

Pear-shaped and proud of it

Shop Swim for Your Body Type

“Let’s emphasize your top half to give you a curvy look all over. A print on top with solid bottom is a great way to do this. Any extra strappy or embellished detail, and bright colors and prints will help draw the eye up as well.

The Charley bikini top is fab for your shape. Charley provides just the right amount of lift, and curves your girls inward to create a round, full look. This up-top attention will balance out your bottom half.

The Sky Hi Rise bottom is a great option if you’re looking for a little more coverage. You get so much bang for your buck with this type of convertible style – It goes from a skirt, to a mid rise, to a hi rise, all in one!”

Ship-shapely

Full-figured and fab

Shop Swim for Your Body Type

“Full figured girls can wear any style bathing suit. More curves do not mean more coverage necessary. Just don’t forget to rock your choice with confidence! My one guideline? Gravitate to smaller prints and solid colors, and look for styles that emphasize your feminine curves.

I love the Retro Halter Bikini top for its amazing shape and support. The halter neckline is very flattering and creates a great curve at the bustline. In terms of bottoms, a hi-rise bikini bottom gives great coverage with flattering details. The ruching slims the hips and the flat panel down the front slims the tummy. Can’t go wrong with a small print like a micro-stripe!”

SPF: small petite frame

Small and mighty!

Shop Swim for Your Body Type

“Petite is just about height, not about body type. If you are petite, you need to figure out first if you are curvy, bigger on top or bottom, or more of an athletic build. Then you can select a suit style that suits you best. In general, I recommend monochromatic colors for petite ladies to build a longer look. Leg openings with a higher cut, like classic bikinis, side ties, and hipsters are great to elongate the leg!

I love a scoop bikini top and hipster bottom for petite frames. They are the perfect amount of coverage without overwhelming your figure. Looking for a little push in the cups? Try the Perky Triangle Bikini top! Looks like the classic triangle, but with extra oomph.”

Everyone under the sun

Just like a suntan, this looks good on every body

Shop Swim for Your Body Type

“A tankini or one piece is a great option for all body types. This is a personal preference! If you feel less self conscious with a little more coverage, go for it. Open backs and fun details make a one piece or tankini look as cute as any bikini!”

Now you’re ready! You’ll have the cutest bikini on the beach with Jenny’s tips. Always remember: there’s no such thing as a perfect beach body. The real you is sexy!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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New Year’s Eve Essentials

New Year’s Eve is a symbol of both the last hurrah of the holiday party season, and the start of a new and exciting year. To celebrate, we’re definitely planning on looking our best for the countdown to midnight. It’s the best excuse to bring out our least practical (but prettiest!) party dresses and dance all night!

Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, is here to tell you why the Aerie Bare Bra is your secret weapon to help you ring in the new year!

The Aerie Bare Bra is an NYE essential.

The Bare Bra will support long past the stroke of midnight!

Why It’s a Must-Have:

The Bare Bra is the ultimate in holiday solutions. This bra goes under every top or dress you want to wear, but don’t have the right bra for. It goes under strapless, halter, one shoulder and even under backless dresses. The woman who invented this bra is brilliant!

Which One to Buy?

Aerie offers both pushup and lightly lined options – both are great staples to have, depending on your preference. In terms of color, nude goes under every single thing you will ever wear. But black is just a little prettier, so if you often wear dark tops, go black. Or buy both as investment pieces and wear them a million times each.

 What Size to Buy?

Buy these bras by cup size as you normally would. If you aren’t sure of your size, head to an Aerie store for an expert fitting.

 Quick Tips for Wearing the Bare Bra:

OK, these can be a little tricky to put on the first time around..so listen here. No deodorant, fragrance, powder, baby oil or moisturizer where the bra sits on the body. If you don’t follow these rules, the bra may not stick as well as it should…you don’t want it to end up around your waist! Take the plastic liner out of the bra cups first. Stand tall in front of a mirror and rest each breast into the cup and hoist the bra up a bit so that it fits snug against the body. If your bra has a side wing, remove the plastic from each side wing and stick it securely to your side. These side wings are amazing and give a little extra support to this backless bra.

Caring for Your Bare Bra 101:

Want to make sure your Bare Bra lasts? They require a little extra TLC than your average pushup. After you wear the bra, wash it in the sink with water and a mild soap. Leave it out to fully dry. Once dry, put the plastic liner back inside the bra and store the bra back inside the box you got it in. This keeps the shape and the adhesive lasting a long while!

A Few Last-Minute Quick Tips:

My other NYE secret weapon are Outta Sight undies! They are the best for all of those knit, jersey, or fitted holiday dresses. Undie lines are the worst and these undies are smooth as can be!

Finally, keep a few strips of Apparel Tape in your bag at all times. For any button that pops off, hem that falls, strap that slips, or other fashion emergencies, this is your best fashion friend.

Thanks for the tips, Jenny! Have a Happy New Year, Aerie girls!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Holiday Survival Tips

The Holiday season is upon us, and with it comes fun memories and traditions. The downside? The season also comes with a less welcome side of stress, between wrapping a million gifts, long lines and listening to your Great Uncle Jeff tell that story (again).

A quick checklist of the essentials is key to getting through the craziness that comes with the season. We asked Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, for some of her Holiday survival tips and must-have Aerie items. Read on for Jenny’s tips below!

Jennys Holiday Survival Tips

Everything you need to survive the holidays starts at Aerie!

Jenny’s Essentials:

1. The Romantic Lace Bralette: The soft structure shows off your most natural shape. Just enough support with tons of comfort!

2. The Pushup Bare Bra: This is the best bra investment you can make! It will get you through every holiday event.

3. Outta-Sight Undie: Good undies are also important and panty lines are not allowed! This is a no-fuss option under any dress.

4. Moccasins: I can never have enough slippers around the holidays, and these are my favorite on the site right now.

5. The Aerie Blanket Scarf: I bought 4 of these blanket scarves for friends as gifts! You cannot go wrong!

6. Aerie Waffle Sleep Set: Mix & match pajamas are a favorite of mine for winter.

7. Aerie Flannel Pajama Pant: I love flannel bottoms with a drawstring. I love the ones with the shopping bear!

Jenny’s Holiday Survival Tips:

1. I like to glam up my holiday look with some jewelry, and this is where I make a little investment! I go for classic, personal pieces that make you feel special,

2. I love with the house smells delicious. If I’m not baking anything (which I’m probably not), then a yummy candle is the thing. I love fig scents, but pine smells really woodsy…a smell I appreciate living in the city!

3. A great pair of shoes that can carry you through all your holiday events is a must! For me, it’s a functional bootie in winter, with a touch of glam.

4. A live Christmas tree is a must for me. There is nothing that smells better and makes you live the holiday moment more than the scent of real pine. This smell reminds me that I’m home every time I walk through the door.

5. I love to eat…and there is no time I enjoy it more! My mother-in-law inspired me to make some amazing soups. I’m a vegetarian, so this Avocado Soup is my favorite (you sprinkle popcorn on it!).

Super-Easy Avocado Soup

Ingredients:

4-5 ripe avocados

Broth (I use vegetable, but feel free to use chicken broth)

A squeeze of lemon to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

Blend all ingredients together, then serve at room temperature with a handful of popcorn sprinkled on top. Then eat the rest of the popcorn, of course!

6. Finally, the key to getting me through the holiday season (especially a cold, New York City one) is a trip planned with my family for January! When I know there is something warm in my future, it gives me something special to look forward to.

Thanks for the tips, Jenny! We hope you have a fun-filled holiday season, Aerie girls!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Introducing Jenny’s Holiday Picks!

There are so many amazing new arrivals to love at Aerie, it’s hard to pick favorites. That’s what Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, is here for! Today, Jenny talks her absolute must-haves from the new collection that you need in your closet this season.

Read below for Jenny’s styling tips, and why you need her favorite picks in your wardrobe!

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Shop These Styles:

Sequin Bralette

Sequin Boybrief

Romantic Lace Bralette

Silky Thong

Boybrief

#1: The Sequin Bralette

“I LOVE sparkle for the holidays! A sequin bra is the perfect way to let a little shine show under your cardigan, blazer or button front shirt.”

#2: The Romantic Lace Bralette

“Eyelash lace is one of my favorite things, especially on a romantic long line bra like our lace bralette. This feels great on the skin and comes in such lush, beautiful colors.”

#3: The Silky Thong

“This fabric feels delicious (I wish you could feel it on the screen), and the colors match back perfectly to the Romantic Lace Bralette. Wear them as a set, or wear the undies on their own for a no-show panty line.”

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Shop These Styles:

Harper Pushup Bra

Sunnie Stretch Lightly Lined Bra

Boybrief

Mini Boybrief

#4: The Mini Boybrief

“So the boybrief is the perfect undie to wear with jeans…and the fox print is SO cute you’ll want to wear it all the time. Blue or pink – which one do you love?”

#5: The Sunnie Bra

“Sunnie is a favorite because she is SO fabulous! The deep plum color for fall is my new neutral, it’s sophisticated and rich, but goes under all of your darks as a black bra would.”

Jenny’s also loves our Sweater Cardigan to go over top of your cozy new looks!

She says, “This is the must-have cardigan for fall. Slightly oversized, super casual, this cardigan can go over anything whether you’re wearing a tank and pj pants around the house or running out to class in leggings. Plus I LOVE anything with pockets (I always need a place for my iPhone!).”

What are you crushing on this season at Aerie? Tell us below, or share with #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Fall Bottoms 4 Ways: Lazy Sunday

A no-fuss lazy Sunday look is a must for our laziest day. Our favorite bottoms when we need to be comfy on the go would have to be the Aerie Classic Fit Jogger. They’re a cute look to wear around the house, but are pulled-together enough to run a quick errand, or hit brunch with your friends.

Jenny gives the rundown on how to style this soft and cozy jogger below!

Jenny’s tip? Layer on an eye-catching scarf to make a basic look your own!

 Xoxo,

Aerie

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Jenny’s Picks: Fall Favorites

Fall’s almost here! Haven’t done your shopping yet? No sweat…Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, is here to help you get ready for the cooler months with a style upgrade.

Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites

Jenny’s here to talk her favorite Fall styles, from socks to joggers!

Watch below as Jenny gives the rundown on her favorite styles of the season, and her expert tips for wearing and pairing.

One of Jenny’s quick tips? The Aerie collection is made to mix and match! Pick your favorite bra as the foundation, then have fun with your undies in cute patterns, prints and details. It’s easy to create your own, unique look.

Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites

With so many ways to wear and pair, the possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some of our favorite looks below! Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites AERIE_JENNYS_PICKS_08_28_140031 Jenny's Picks: Fall FavoritesWant more tips from Jenny on Fall style? Email your fit and style questions for Jenny to AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny!

 Xoxo,

Aerie

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